Undergraduate Programs Overview
As the central science, Chemistry is a major player in tackling big questions and problems — searching for ways to feed the world's growing population, tapping into new sources of energy, improving health and fighting disease, and protecting the environment.
A Chemistry or Biochemistry degree is excellent preparation for a variety of careers or advanced study at the graduate and professional levels.
Newly renovated research and teaching labs provide
state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities.
We’ll help you grow as an independent scientist by providing
Our program develops the whole scientist, emphasizing professional development in all aspects, including oral and written communication skills.
focused research opportunities.
Thanks to a ratio of one full-time faculty member for every eight
majors, you’re never just a face in a crowd.
Advising is a key component of our program — the mentoring
relationships you develop here will carry into your professional life.
As a Chemistry or Biochemistry major you have the opportunity to work with top scholars in cutting-edge research projects, while also taking classes taught by those same scholars.
The Department offers three majors:
A minor in Chemistry is also available with an additional track for Right of Public Instruction certification.
Careers in Chemistry information
Undergraduate Research: A Hallmark of our Program
Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to participate in research projects with a faculty mentor, which can be taken for course credit or as a paid summer internship. Such projects provide outstanding professional development opportunities. Become a published author and present your work at national scientific meetings! Roughly 90% of our chemistry majors have completed a research project in the last seven years, resulting in 20 papers with undergraduate co-authors. Up to six hours of CHEM 4956, Undergraduate Research, may be taken for credit towards the degree. You are encouraged to begin investigating the research interests of the faculty early and to begin laboratory work as soon as you can.
Examples of recent undergraduate projects:
- Design and Synthesis of Cofacially Stacked Systems for Application as Molecular Wires
- Computational Chemistry with Next Generation Supercomputers
- A New Synthetic Route to Metal-Peroxynitrito Complexes
- New Molecules for Electroluminescent Devices
- Synthetic and Mechanistic Study of Ruthenium-Catalyzed Reactions
- Photochemically Removable Protecting Groups for Biological Applications
- Applications of Molecular Recognition for Chromatographic Applications
- Preparation and Biophysical Characterization of Strategically Modified Heme Proteins
- Chemistry at 4K: Studies of Iso-Halons and Other Transient Intermediates
- Structure, Dynamics and Ligand Interactions of Proteins
Ready to get started? Explore the faculty research fields.
CheMU: Our undergraduate chemistry society
Members of CheMU meet regularly and plan activities, such as chemistry magic shows, social outings, panel discussions and much more. Members also have the option of becoming student affiliates of the ACS.
Student Awards and Achievements
The department presents awards at the end of each academic year to outstanding
students at all levels. Awards include:
- Excellence in General Chemistry
- Excellence in Organic Chemistry
- Excellence in Analytical Chemistry
- Excellence in Inorganic Chemistry
- Excellence in Physical Chemistry
- Merck Index Award
- American Institute of Chemists Award
See a list of recent award winners.